Daily Archives: January 31, 2012

Big Sam Preview on Ipswich Tonight

Big Sam on Ipswich

Sam Allardyce on why a striker is top of his transfer-window wish list and why his team must stay focused

Sam Allardyce pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday evening’s game with Ipswich Town was a chance for journalists to get the manager’s thoughts on the npower Championship match but also, of course, the latest on possible transfers into the club.

Why are you looking at bringing a striker in?

SA: Having analysed it, we’ve had so many good chances, even against Nottingham Forest we had easy chances that we missed and in some cases did not hit the target. Perhaps the players are getting a little anxious about it, perhaps I moan too much but we all know that we’ve got to do better in that area. If we do better in that area then we’ll start scoring freely. That’ll take a lot of pressure off us as we go into the final stages of a game or the final stages of the season. We all know the anxiety the last few minutes of a game brings up if you’re 1-0 up and the anxiety will now only increase as the games get fewer and fewer. If you’re in control of the game and you punish the opposition then it genuinely takes the anxiety out of everybody.

Are you looking overseas at players?

SA: On the back of our search in this country, the ability for us to find a player that we wanted was rejected constantly, particularly how early we bid and how much money we bid. Unlike most windows, the money hasn’t talked like it normally has. There’s no doubt that sometimes clubs try to squeeze more out of us, while there are some clubs that don’t want to sell to us in the first place if we’re in their division. You just have to live with that and move on. As far as Carlos Tevez is concerned that is not an option for us. I don’t think we’ve got the OK from Manchester City.

Are you looking to get another striker?

SA: I’m trying to get another striker but I thought we were going to get our players early in the window and the only one we managed was George John on loan. Every other option has come and gone and there are all sorts of reasons why they haven’t. During those negotiations, things can happen like agents fees get too big or wages get escalated beyond belief so there are many reasons why a deal breaks down but you must always have a sensible value in your head. You must always protect the fact that the finances at West Ham are extremely delicate in terms of where it lies at the moment. You want to get better players but if it’s too expensive you have to say ‘No’.

You are now top of the npower Championship. Is it a case that you’re now looking over your shoulder?

SA: When you’re in my position the worst thing you can hear is ‘You’re nearly there’. You’re never up until is mathematically certain. Once it is then you can start celebrating. With 19 games still to go there are a massive amount of points still available and you’ve got to gather as many as you can. If you’re good enough as my team was at Notts County [when they were promoted] then you can win it with eight games to go.

Is there still a weight of expectation on the players at the club?

SA: I think they still feel it as the pressure is constant for us. In our group of players there’s only Kevin Nolan at Newcastle that has experienced the need to consistently be winning games week-in, week-out and the pressure that brings. It’s a big ask. You go to bed and you wake up with it. If you can relieve that then that is my job as a manager and you have to try and make the players relax a little bit more. If they’re thinking about it too much it becomes a burden for them rather than a pleasure – pressure should be a pleasure not a burden.



Source: WHUFC

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Millwall on Sky: confirmed

Filed: Tuesday, 31st January 2012
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United’s nPower Championship clash with Millwall FC is being broadcast live by Sky – as exclusively revealed by revealed yesterday that Sky Sports would be broadcasting the game – which kicks off at 12:30pm this coming Saturday (4th February) – live from the Boleyn Ground.

This has now been confirmed by the Lions on their website.

A brief notice posted on this morning stated: “We have just been advised by the Football League that, at late notice, Sky TV have decided to broadcast the West Ham v Millwall npower Championship fixture at Upton Park live on Saturday.”

The news is yet to be confirmed by

Source: KUMB

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Hammers Ladies draw cup opener

Posted on Tuesday, 31st January 2012 by Jenny Kerwood


West Ham Ladies opened their FA Women’s Premier League Cup Campaign with a 1-1 away draw at Colchester United Ladies on Sunday.

Tracey Duxbury gave the Hammers the lead mid-way through the first half but West Ham’s league rivals hit back with a converted penalty late into the second period.

Elsewhere in the Hammers group cup holders Barnet Ladies beat Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 3-0 to go top whilst Watford Ladies didn’t play yesterday but make up the five-team group stage. West Ham face each team once over the next few months in an effort to qualify for the knock-out stages of the competition.

Next up for the Ladies is a FA Cup third round away trip to Derby County Ladies next Sunday.

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Busy day beckoning at West Ham

Messrs David Gold and Sullivan better be prepared for gigantic phone bills and a huge trail of legal paper-work as wheeler dealer Sam Allardyce comes into his own on transfer deadline day and bursts into action like a starving puma ready to pounce on some unsuspecting soul.

His targets for the day are headlined with Manchester United contract rebel Ravel Morrison after the clubs agreed a fee, rising up to £1 million, with Ravel, not knowing whether he is toffee or orange crème flavoured, still deliberating on a new offer from Manchester United.

This will be a huge coup for West Ham who would beat Bolton, Roma and Newcastle to the signature of the teenager who has suffered more disciplinary problems than Dennis the Menace at Old Trafford and whilst his promising talent is unquestioned, he remains desperate for first team football after only making three senior appearances at Old Trafford.

Those hearty fellows at Manchester United have been kind enough to grant West Ham the chance to talk with the 18 year old attacker rather than risk his tribunal based fee upon contract expiration in the summer. Reports that West Ham will offer Morrison the £30,000 a week he was demanding in Manchester however, a wide of the mark.

Second on the list is Barnsley’s Ricardo Vaz Te is also looking to be on his way to Upton Park after the two clubs agreed a fee with the striker’s contract due to expire in the summer, now where have we heard that kind of thing before?

Big Sam will know what he is getting with the Portuguese Vaz Te after working with him in his Bolton days and he has lit up the Championship so far this season with 10 goals. Barnsley have seen the sense in cashing in on him now and the deal, believed to be in the region of £1.5 million, has been agreed and Vaz Te is scheduled at Upton Park for a medical.

This striker splurge has come after Allardyce managed to capture Genoa’s Ze Eduardo and the 24 year old Brazilian jetted into London for his medical on Monday to give West Ham’s attacking line-up more power than an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. However, Allardyce could not quite manage a deal with Rangers for Nikica Jelavic after being priced out by Everton.


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Maynard in Hammers talks

Striker wanted at Upton Park

By Graeme Bailey –

Image text hereNicky Maynard: Wanted by West Ham

Sky Sports understands that West Ham United have opened talks with Bristol City over Nicky Maynard.

The 25-year-old has been the subject of interest from a host of clubs this month after City confirmed they wanted to sell him.

Maynard is out of contract in the summer and can therefore leave Ashton Gate for nothing at the end of the season.

With that in mind, the Robins are keen to cash in on him, but it remains to be seen if he will agree to any deal.

Wigan saw a deal fall through, whilst Wolves and West Ham were also strongly linked and now the Hammers are trying to seal a deadline day move.

West Ham have already agreed deals for Ricardo Vaz Te and Ze Eduardo, but whether they would push through more than two striker deals remains to be seen.

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Hammers in talks with Vaz Te

Last Updated: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 10:19


Barnsley have given West Ham permission to approach striker Ricardo Vaz Te.

The Tykes had turned down one “derisory offer” from the Hammers for Vaz Te, but it would appear the two clubs have now agreed a fee for the 25-year-old, who is reported to be undergoing a medical at Upton Park.

Vaz Te, who spent seven years at Bolton from 2003-2010, joined Barnsley on a free transfer in the summer following his release from Hibernian, signing a one-year deal at Oakwell.

The Portuguese has hit in top form for Keith Hill’s side this season, scoring 12 goals in 24 appearances and West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has made no secret of his desire to boost his strikeforce.

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